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Price effect of breaking away from Kyoto Protocol – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 16th, 2016.

A new report says the Government would have got better bang for its buck if it had de-linked the emissions trading scheme promptly after announcing it would not sign up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research released the paper today, outlining the financial consequences of leaving […]

Greenhouse Gas Inventory takes stock of emissions

John Kerr posted in on April 11th, 2014.

The Ministry for the Environment has issued its latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (1990-2012) and Net Position — the official annual report of human caused emissions of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The inventory is produced each year as part of New Zealand’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the […]

NZ forgoes Kyoto for new climate plan – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 12th, 2012.

New Zealand will not commit to a second round of Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions but will instead make pledges under the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, the Government said last week. The move sees New Zealand join several of the world’s largest emitters, including the US, China and India, in negotiating a replacement […]

If the world drops Kyoto, what will New Zealand do?

Peter Griffin posted in on November 17th, 2011.

In the early hours of Saturday morning the UN’s climate change body will release a report that has been described in leaked versions as saying extreme weather events such as downpours and storm surges may make parts of the planet “marginal” for inhabitants. Average global temperatures last year were tied with 2005 for the warmest […]

NZ Herald: Cancun talks highlight climate dilemma

Peter Griffin posted in on December 16th, 2010.

Brian Fallow writes in the New Zealand Herald about the aftermath of the Cancun climate change talks, and the extent to which any progress has been achieved. The essential dilemma, around which much of the argument rests, is simply to what extent poor countries should be able to industrialise themselves and lift their people out […]

‘Cancun Agreements’ emerge from COP16 talks – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 13th, 2010.

Over the weekend, delegates at UN climate talks adopted the ‘Cancun Agreements‘, laying the groundwork for an extension to Kyoto commitments and reviving fading hopes for an outcome from international climate negotiations. The package of agreements includes a further commitment to keep average global temperature increases to below 2°C and financial support for developing countries […]

Emissions trading scheme launched

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 1st, 2010.

The revised emissions trading scheme (ETS) passed into law last November comes into effect today, 1 July. The scheme represents a first attempt to price carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions into the economy, in a bid to reduce emissions growth. New Zealand emissions have grown by over 20% above 1990 levels, which are […]

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PODCAST: Swiss ambassador & former Kyoto negotiator on prospects for Copenhagen

Peter Griffin posted in on November 25th, 2009.

Switzerland’s ambassador to New Zealand, Dr Beat Nobs, gave a lecture as part of Victoria University’s Climate Change Research Institute lecture series on climate change and Copenhagen. About to finish up a four year term here as ambassador, Dr Nobs reflects on prospects for a deal being hammered out in Copenhagen. Previously he served as […]

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